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Mac Pro may get special processor, Mac mini price may drop

updated 06:00 pm EDT, Mon June 20, 2011

Mac Pro, Mac mini, AirPort rumors detailed

An unusual plethora of rumors Monday night provided possible details of the new Mac Pro and other near-term Apple updates. The pro tower will supposedly get a "unique CPU" along with its more rackmountable case. What that would entail wasn't said by MICGadget's purported informants, though it's more likely to involve early access to the Xeon E5 due this fall than a genuinely rare processor.

The design may lose some of the rapid expansion features of the Mac Pro in order to reach the smaller size. Drives might be removable but wouldn't be hot-swappable, and the power supply wouldn't be easily replaced. Insiders supposedly backed the idea of a late July or early August ship date.

Mac minis may get less expensive, the tips mentioned. NVIDIA's custom GeForce 320M chipset for Apple reportedly cost Apple as much as $40 more per unit, giving Apple a large amount of headroom to lower the price in switching to Intel's now relatively quick integrated hardware. The Sandy Bridge upgrade would arrive at the same time as the Mac Pro.

Some possible information has emerged for the new AirPort routers as well. The Time Capsule flagship would have a new design to eliminate the overheating problems that crept up in earlier models. It would have a newer, more efficient cooling system and a 'green' hard drive to reduce the heat and power draw. Versions with 1TB of storage might be phased out in favor of 2TB alone.

AirPort Extreme routers would get better cooling as well, but would also get new features to bring it up to speed with modern routers. It would have a 3x3 antenna array to provide the 450Mbps Wi-Fi speed available to 2011 Macs and get the option of creating a guest network that allows Internet access but no link to the local network.

Both devices would get caching of device updates, according to the rumor.

All of the assertions are unconfirmed apart from supporting earlier stories.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Guest Network

    "AirPort Extreme routers would ... get the option of creating a guest network that allows Internet access but no link to the local network."

    Well, that's been available on current AirPort routers for a while now.

  1. viktorob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A6 in the Mac Pro?

    Andantech or some sort of site like that run a benchmark on the iPad 2 processor (A5) and it decoded 1080 video faster than the Mac Pro.
    Rumors says that New Mac pro will have an A5 (or A6) processor working as a "Co-Processor" using grand central and Open GL.

  1. demani

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Mac Pros have neither easily swapped PSUs or hot-swappable drives now- so maybe this in reference to them replacing the Xserves?

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Weird article

    Seems as though it's been written by someone that really doesn't know the current products that are slated to be upgraded at all.

    P.S, i really hope the Airport Extreme switches to an internal power supply. Getting rid of the power brick would be a very welcome improvement! It's the last non battery operated device of Apple's that still carries a brick.

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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    Mac Pro, Never Again!

    The most expandable Mac ever!

    You can add:
    - RAM that overheats, make sure you don't get the Apple branded ram or you pay 200%
    - Hard drives that will fail because of poor cooling (I went through 7 of them)
    - Video cards that fail after a year (I went through 3)

    I had a Mac Pro. It was missing a s**** on one of the hard drive sleds. An Apple Genius told me I would have to pay $35 for a replacement hard drive sled if I wanted what I paid for in the first place. I guess you could say Apple really screwed me. I also wanted to add Bluetooth but I was told that a Genius would have to put that in for me. Sorry, not interested in hauling a 50 pound computer to the mall.

    If you think I'm kidding about all the parts failing and the poor cooling system, I still have pictures of all the victims to the Mac Pro. Probably spent at least $1600 just keeping the thing running for 4 years. The thing was literally blowing out enough hot air to raise the room's temp to 82 degrees... in December.

    Get a PC. More expandable, less expensive, better technology, better operating system, better software, and games.

    Now bury me. It only makes me stronger.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh clarence

    it may make you stronger but that just means you're a strong piece of scum.

    you see, on the internets people get nasty and the like just to banter, but with you it really applies, it's true. you've made too many "liver" comments. you exposed what you really are. scum. nothing more but i'm sure you'll find a way to be even less.


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  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011


    Nat :(

    Nat, even though we take opposing views, I still love you. Remember, I'm a lover, not a liver.

    Some day you will get an Android device and we can be together, but for now I understand you are obligated by the Apple cult to resist.

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wah wah wah

    facebook_Clarence = whiny Weiner Droid

  1. erics

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thats too bad...

    Wow never heard that many probs with the Mac Pro.
    Most problem Ive had was a bad video card.
    And that was on MP #9 of 15 I deal with at work.
    Heck we even have the G5 cheese graters used as Print bots.
    I honestly wish we were allowed to sell the old gear for new...damn Gov standards :P
    Hang in there Clarence, you'll get your wings yet ;)

  1. facebook_Jimmy

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    Comments buried

    Every time I check the comment section, Facebook_Clarence comments' are always buried and not really incline to press the 'Show' button.

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